J5 is a key stage 2 class made up of Year 4/5 pupils. On a weekly basis, we cover and adapt all areas of the NI Curriculum to suit our needs. We prioritise the development of communication and social skills as well as emphasising and building independence skills.

The class benefits from a structured timetable with a focus on activity-based learning and sensory activities. Work trays promote the development of skills in Language and Literacy as well as Mathematics and Numeracy.

J5 also work with outside agencies and use a range of strategies to develop communication and promote positive behaviour such as Makaton, PECS and Team Teach.

During class time, we enjoy a range of activities such as music (songs/assembly songs, work with drums and other percussion instruments), Primary Movement, circle time activities, cookery, art activities, ICT (educational games on the Interactive Whiteboard and learning apps on our class iPads), soft play, multi-sensory room and Physical Education. This year, our topic work covers ‘Around the house’, ‘At the beach’ and ‘In the garden’.

Outside class, we love using the outdoor zone and junior playground. Fitness levels and gross motor skills are further enhanced when we go on regular local walks.

Our class also enjoy learning and having fun during Forest School sessions. We focus on developing our learning, communication and social interaction skills when working as a team in an outdoor environment.

This year, we’re particularly looking forward to pony riding and swimming sessions starting up again.